The Hand of Hope is inspired by artwork created by Mustaali Raj symbolizing strength and hope on the path of social justice. In collaboration with First Nations artist John Velten, the drawing was brought to life in the form of sterling silver earrings. The open palm motif is an ancient symbol of safety and healing that is layered with meanings over time through the lens of different cultures. Some of the other renditions are known as the hand of Fatima, the (K)hamsa, hand of Miriam, hand of Mary, the Healer’s hand, and the Abhayamudra — a gesture of fearlessness that dispels fear, accords divine protection and much more.
About the artists
Mustaali Raj is a visual artist and graphic designer with an inter-disciplinary practice. Being both a third culture kid and an avid traveller, his multi-faceted sense of belonging and experiences play an important role in exploring intersection of identities through his work.